4-H is a community of young people across America learning leadership, citizenship, and life skills

4-H is a volunteer-led organization that reaches boys and girls through small groups called clubs and through classrooms, in some cases. 4-H members choose from over 40 projects in which to participate during the 4-H calendar year. Most projects use hands-on learning experiences to teach subject matter and life-skills such as cooperation, leadership, and decision-making — skills that can be applied over and over for a lifetime. The goal of 4-H is to assist youth in acquiring knowledge, developing life skills, and forming attitudes that will enable them to become self-directed, productive members of society. 4-H uses knowledge as the means to help individuals meet basic developmental needs and acquire essential life skills including positive self-concept, social interaction skills, decision-making abilities, practical knowledge and physical competencies.

4-H is for boys and girls who will reach their 8th birthday and will not reach their 19th birthday by January 1 of the current year. 4-H is open to everyone, regardless of race, religion, color, disability, gender, or place of residence. Most Missouri county 4-H programs offer a pre-4-H program called Clover Kids for youth 5-7 years old.

Missouri 4-H and the 4-H Center for Youth Development offers a wide variety of academic year and summer programs. Below is a sampling of some of their exciting programs:

Find out more about these and many other programs at http://4h.missouri.edu/programs

To participate in 4-H and their state sponsored programs, you must be a member. Click here to learn more about joining 4-H.